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February 24, 2017

SVSU forensics team places second in competition

Novice GroupA Saginaw Valley State University student’s performance helped propel the institution’s forensics team to a second-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Novice States Tournament Feb. 18 at Northwood University.

The top SVSU performer was Gina Kearly, who earned Top Speaker honors and placed first overall in the Programmed Oral Interpretation category. In order to be considered for Top Speaker, students must compete in several events in categories including public address, limited preparation, and oral interpretation.

SVSU’s individual performance results include the following:

  • Codi Aymer, a communication major from Midland, placed fourth in the dramatic interpretation category.
  • Jrew Brickel, a criminal justice major from Midland, placed fourth in the impromptu category.
  • Cody Bromberg, a communication major from Essexville, placed seventh in the impromptu category.
  • Gylian Castle, a communication major from Standish, placed second in the persuasion category.
  • Andrea Garner, a secondary education major from Westland, placed seventh in the dramatic interpretation category.
  • Tiler Jewell, a creative writing major from Bay City, placed fourth in the persuasion category.
  • Kearly, a communication and theatre double major from Midland, in addition to Top Speaker, placed first in the programmed oral interpretation category, third in the rhetorical criticism category, fifth in the dramatic interpretation category, and sixth in the impromptu category.
  • Adia Rodgers, a medical laboratory science major from Saginaw, placed third in the persuasion category.

The SVSU forensics team is advised by Amy Pierce, associate professor of communication.

For more information regarding the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Novice States Tournament, visit